What is the schedule of the evening?

5:30PM  VIP Reception & Special Unveiling at Rivard Plaza, Honoring Karen & Matthew Cullen Featuring retro cocktails, tastes of Detroit, and a live performance from Persuasion.

6:30PM  Main Event at GM River Days Carnival
Featuring a strolling dinner, open bar, live music, and free, unlimited carnival rides & games

7PM  Musical entertainment from BeatleMania Live!
With an opening performance from Larry Lee and the Back in the Day Band

Carnival Rides & Games will be open until 10PM


Where can I park and where do I enter the event?

Complimentary valet will be provided for all guests, as well as an option to self-park. Valet drop-off will be located at the corner of Rivard St and Atwater St.

Guests will enter at Rivard Plaza, 1340 Atwater St, Detroit, MI 48207


What should I wear?

Cocktail Attire / '60s Chic


I purchased multiple tickets, were do I submit my guests' names?

Please email your guests’ names to events@detroitriverfront.org


Will I receive printed event tickets?

Printed tickets will not be provided for Shimmer 2018. If you purchased tickets, your name will be on our guest list at check-in. 

Will tickets be available for purchase at the door?


I’d love to learn more about Karen and Matt Cullen’s support of the DRFC.

The Conservancy is thrilled to honor Karen & Matthew Cullen with the 2018 Shimmer Award. Matt, who serves as the Conservancy’s founding chairman, principal of Rock Ventures, and CEO of Jack Entertainment, with his wife Karen, have been instrumental in transforming the Detroit Riverfront. They played a pivotal role in bringing the vision for public spaces along the riverfront to life by banding together with fellow philanthropist to establish the Conservancy in 2003. Matt and Karen have fiercely advocated on behalf of the organization, giving endless time and energy to securing the funding that has made life-changing transformations on the East Riverfront possible. They remain our strongest allies as we charge west to complete the 5.5-mile, bridge-to-bridge riverfront vision, which the Cullens set into motion 15 years ago.


If your questions were not answered above, please call 313.566.8215 or email events@detroitriverfront.org